What Pro-Palestinian Protesters Demand from the UT System

As pro-Palestinian protests continue on campus, Jack addresses what protesters are demanding from the University of Texas and how UT is responding. The two Republicans vying for a vacant House seat in Fort Worth are voicing their differences – and there's a big difference of opinion when it comes to the issue of resorts offering casino gambling. And in a one-on-one with Jack, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson reacts to voters' passage of a $1.25 billion bond issue and discusses whether now-former City Manager TC Broadnax will receive a severance package worth more than was supposed to receive $400,000 – even though he started a new job in Austin.

Jack Fink reports on these stories and more in the latest issue of Eye on Politics (original airdate: May 12).

Demands of the demonstrators

Protests against the war between Israel and Hamas continued at college campuses across the country.

Protesters were arrested on the UT campus after setting up camps that violated the rules. The pro-Palestinian protesters demanded that the UT system divest from companies linked to the Israeli military and publicly stated that there should be a ceasefire in Gaza.

Israel says Hamas is still holding 100 hostages following the terrorist group's deadly attack on October 7.

UT Dallas students said they set up camp when it became clear that university administration would not meet their demands.

Is it possible for the UT System to divest? UT System Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Eltife spoke out this week, saying this is not an option.

“We will continue to maximize our investments to ensure students receive scholarships and we can provide affordable, accessible education,” Eltife said.

Meanwhile, Jewish students at UT Dallas held a news conference last week and said they no longer felt welcome or safe on campus. They said this was because the pro-Palestinian protesters' chants were anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

Similar changes have been made at UT Austin and UNT in Denton, including ones that call for the destruction of Israel and falsely accuse Israel of genocide, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Some universities canceled their graduation ceremonies due to safety concerns, but Texas universities promised that the ceremonies would go ahead as planned.

Texas primary: Texas House District 97

One of the hotly contested Republican primaries coming up on May 28 is House District 97, which has a Republican majority and includes parts of Fort Worth, Benbrook and Crowley.

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The district's current representative, Craig Goldman of Fort Worth, is running for Congress. Cheryl Bean and John McQueeney, both small business owners, are in a runoff election to replace him.

McQueeney is supported by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Bean was supported by Senator Ted Cruz, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton, among others.

In her interview with Jack, Bean discussed her top priorities, which include improving public education, providing taxpayer-funded education savings accounts or school vouchers, and securing the border. She also discussed an issue likely to come up in the next legislative session: amending the Texas Constitution to allow casino gambling at a limited number of Texas resorts.

Watch Jack's interview with Bean below.

Republican Rep. Cheryl Bean says casino gambling is out of the question for Texas

Jack also asked McQueeney about the idea of ​​offering casino gambling at a limited number of vacation resorts in Texas. There is a big difference to Bean here.

Watch Jack's interview with McQueeney below.

John McQueeney sees resort-like casinos in Texas, but with restrictions

One-on-one with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson

In a session interview with Jack, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson discussed Dallas voters' overwhelming approval of the $1.25 billion bond and whether taxpayers would give former city manager TC Broadnax a lump sum severance payment of $1.25 billion Will pay $423,000.

Watch Jack's one-on-one conversation with Johnson below:

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson weighs in on the city manager's exit price and the hiring of Broadnax's representative

Each week, CBS News Texas political reporter Jack Fink breaks down some of the biggest political stories making headlines in North Texas and beyond. Watch the latest episode of Eye on Politics in the video player above, and catch new episodes on air and online every Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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